On the surface Ralph Gorse is a charmer in every sense of the word: handsome suave and stylish sparkling company and the possessor of a sexual magnetism that attracts most women he encounters. But the charm is a veneer. Gorse is a con man and sexual adventurer whose conquests are merely a way of obtaining his heart's desires: money and power...
In this second installment of the trilogy Emma Harte passes on the Harte business empire to her favourite grand-daughter Paula McGill Fairley who must strive to unite a warring family. This is the story of one woman's determination to find the passion and happiness that should be her rightful legacy.
Anthony Hopkins heads the star-studded cast of the trilogies gripping conclusion. As the powerful and beautiful Paula O'Neill finds her empire under attack it seems that only one man has the expertise and connections to save her.
A View to a Kill, Roger Moore's last outing as James Bond, is evidence enough that it was time to pass the torch to another actor. Beset by crummy action (an out-of-control fire engine?) and featuring a fading Moore still trying to prop up his mannered idea of style, A View to a Kill is largely interesting for Christopher Walken's quirky performance as a sort-of super-villain who wants to take out California's Silicon Valley. Grace Jones has a spookily interesting presence as a lethal associate of Walken's (and who, in the best Bond tradition, has sex with 007 before trying to kill him later), and Patrick Macnee (Steed!) has a warm if brief bit. Even directed by John Glen, who brought some crackle to the Moore years in the Bond franchise, this is a very slight effort. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com On the DVD: For Roger Moore's final Bond outing the production crew faced the usual quota of difficulties and disasters, the "making-of" documentary reveals: from base jumpers off the Eiffel tower whose antics threatened to jeopardise fragile relations with the Parisian authorities, to Ridley Scott thoughtlessly burning down the 007 at Pinewood right before production was due to start. Patrick MacNee, who has a supporting role in the movie, hands over narrative duties on this one to Rosemary Ford. The commentary is one of those less-than-satisfying montages of comments from various members of cast and crew. Also included is Duran Duran's "A View to a Kill" video (sounding hopelessly dated now), the usual trailers and a brief deleted scene of comic relief inside a Parisian police station. The second documentary concerns the music of Bond--always a crucial ingredient--although it manages the neat diplomatic trick of interviewing both Monty Norman and John Barry without giving the least hint of any controversy about the famous James Bond theme. --Mark Walker
Skaka Zulu is the powerful true story of tribal Africa during the turbulent 19th century. This critically acclaimed mini-series follows the life of Shaka a powerful and mighty Zulu leader as he grows up to fulfil an ancient tribal prophecy uniting his people into a bold new nation. Shaka is driven by extraordinary intelligence courage astounding physical ability and an immortal stance leading his proud warriors on their quest to be one people one power one empire! ""Shaka
Agent 007 (Roger Moore in his final outing as James Bond) races against time to stop a power-mad industrialist (Christopher Walken) who plots to kill millions in order to corner the world's microchip supply. From the Eiffel Tower to the top of the Golden Gate Bridge James Bond can't be stopped.
Perhaps the quintessential example of the intimate epic, Nicholas and Alexandra is the compelling story of Nicholas II (Michael Jayston), the last Czar of Russia, and his wife Alexandra (Janet Suzman). Director Franklin J Schaffner frames the intimate lives of the Imperial Couple against the dramatic backdrop of the Russian Revolution, creating the filmic equivalent of a monumental frieze. Private and public lives intersect when Alexandra, who has clearly read Macbeth, influences Nicholas into several misguided actions while coping with her haemophilic newborn son. Schaffner builds suspense wonderfully as he illuminates the couple's mysterious bond to the mystical Rasputin (Tom Baker) and the events leading to their execution. Nominated for Best Picture, the splendidly lensed Nicholas and Alexandra earned two Oscars for its delicious eye candy (Art Direction, Costume Design). --Kevin Mulhall
The hard-working nurses of St Angela's Hospital are back, in the second series of Paula Milne's ground-breaking medical drama. After the huge success of the first series, the student nurses return to face a new set of challenges, both in their working hospital lives and at home. The show continues to tackle the real-life issues that face the medical profession, and is not afraid to deal with the hard-hitting aspects of hospital care or face up to controversial personal issues. Angels is criti.
Henry Cele stars as powerful and mighty Zulu leader in the critically-acclaimed 10-part mini-series which comes to Blu-ray in its entirety for the very first time, 30 years after the premiere broadcast. Set in 19th century Africa, Shaka Zulu follows the story of the powerful and courageous leader, Shaka, and his rise to fulfill an ancient tribal prophecy of uniting Africa whilst the British were trying to gain control. Featuring a fantastic all-star cast including Edward Fox, Robert Powell and Christopher Lee, and filmed on location in South Africa, this is an epic tale of courage and triumph.
A Woman Of Substance: The story starts as an 80-year-old Emma Harte looks back over her life. She remembers herself as a young girl pregnant and abandoned by her rich lover. She remembers the men she has loved her staunch friend Blackie O'Neill and her second marriage to Paul McGill during the First World War. The small shop she started many years ago has grown into a vast commercial empire. Now it is under threat and Emma must fight to protect it. 'A Woman Of Substance' is a film that every woman will love - and every man will find hard to forget. Hold The Dream: The story of Emma Harte and her granddaughter Paula McGill Fairley continues in this compelling sequel to 'A Woman of Substance'.Accomplished beautiful and a millionairess Paula wields immense power at the age of 25; yet her tragic loves and losses mirror those in Emma's life. Set in Yorkshire London New York and Texas in great country homes luxurious penthouses and the boardrooms of the provileged this is the story of one woman's determination to 'Hold The Dream' - to find the happiness and passion that are her legacy. To Be The Best: The powerful and beautiful Paula Harte heir to the Harte Empire finds herself under attack from her vindictive cousin Jonathan who is determined to gain control of Harte's massive worldwide wealth. As death and deceit undermine Paula's position it seems that only one man her attractive head of security. Jack Figg has the expertise and connections to uncover Jonathan's murky secrets and rescue Paula from certain ruin. Romance adventure and stunning locations make 'To Be The Best' the spectacular conclusion to Barbara Taylor Bradford's celebrated trilogy tracing the fortunes of the Harte dynasty.
Boasting a star studded international cast of Academy Award Winners nominees and BAFTA recipients including Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther Dr Strangelove The Goon Show) as the March Hare Michael Crawford (Some Mothers Do Ave 'Em Hello Dolly!) as the White Rabbit Dudley Moore (10 Arthur Bedazzled) as Dormouse Spike Milligan (The Goon Show Adolf Hitler-My Part in his Downfall) Sir Michael Hordern (Where Eagles Dare Gandhi) Sir Ralph Richardson (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes Doctor Zhivago) & Fiona Fullerton (View to a Kill) as Alice. Filmed to mark the centenary of the completion of the Alice novels this extravagantly lush British spectacle which brings Sir John Tenniel's famous illustrations enchantingly to life with a bewitching score by James Bond composer John Barry and BAFTA winning cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth (2001: A Space Odyssey Superman) is presented in its original aspect ratio 2.35.1 Todd-AO 35 'Scope.
Angels, the popular BBC prime-time drama series about student nurses in a London hospital, ran from 1975 to 1983. The series began as a 50-minute drama series but changed to two half-hour episodes a week in 1979. Created by Paula Milne, the series chronicled the personal and professional lives of six student nurses, and controversially, tackled issues such as contraception, alcoholism and promiscuity as part of the nurses' lives. Grittily authentic each actress taking a part was required t...
A young Fiona Fullerton heads an all-star British cast in this double BAFTA-winning musical comedy; widely regarded as the most lavish and faithful adaptations of Lewis Carroll's classic fantasy novel. Filmed to mark the centenary of the completion of the Alice novels this extravagant British spectacle which brings to life Sir Tenniel's famous illustrations with a bewitching score from James Bond composer John Barry and BAFTA-winning cinematography by Geoffrey unsworth (2001: A Sp
Ralph Gorse a charmer in every sense of the word is handsome suave and stylish. It soon becomes clear however that there is a much darker side to his character: that of a conman seducer and murderer. Whilst staying in Reading he seduces Joan Plumleigh-Bruce much to the disgust of her friend Mr Stimpson and succeeds in swindling a great deal of money from her. Running off to Brighton with the money he soon wastes it all and has to get his old job back working in a car showroom. The owner's daughter Pamela falls for him and on discovering she is pregnant Gorse is forced to marry. After an insurance scam goes terribly wrong Gorse flits again to try and start a new life with a false identity. With Mr Stimpson catching up with him will Gorse succeed or will he finally get his comeuppance?
Created by Paula Milne, Angels chronicled the personal and professional lives of a group of student nurses, and controversially, tackled issues such as contraception, alcoholism and promiscuity as part of the nurses lives. Grittily authentic, each actress taking part was required to work on a real hospital ward to gain experience and thus contribute to the realism of the production. With its winning combination of the soap opera-like personal lives of the young nurses and the often starkly.
A Hazard of Hearts, dramatised for television in 1987, could hardly be a better demonstration of Barbara Cartland's unique status as the most critically reviled, yet widely read, romantic novelist. The qualities which feed both points of view are present in abundance. There are the certainties of a wafer-thin plot: vulnerable but plucky young heiress falls on hard and tragic times, sails through mortal danger and escapes the clutches of lecherous older man, chastity intact, before claiming enigmatic and devastatingly handsome Lord for her own at the last minute. There are the pantomime characters, atrocious dialogue-by-numbers, set-piece scenes involving duels and smugglers, tight breeches and heaving bosoms. Produced by Lew Grade and the team behind The New Avengers and The Professionals, this is 90 minutes of camp hokum crammed to bursting point with stars clearly having the time of their lives. Helena Bonham Carter, her face like an earnest, worried raisin, is the heroine Serena, with Marcus Gilbert as her paramour. But Diana Rigg's evil Lady Harriet steals the show. To be watched without shame. On the DVD: A Hazard of Hearts is presented in 4:3 video format with a Dolby Digital stereo soundtrack which is splendid for Laurence Johnson's florid themes. The transfer has the appropriately soft-focus look and feel of a 1980s miniseries. The stately home settings certainly provide a sense of quality, but the disc has no extras. --Piers Ford
Based on a novel by Barbara Cartland, A Ghost in Monte Carlo is an undemanding period romp packed full of twists and turns. The perfect cinematic equivalent of Cartland's literary style, the film is a glossy, star-filled but ultimately shallow exercise. Lysette Anthony is the wide-eyed innocent Mistral, released from her convent upbringing into the care of her Aunt Emilie (Sarah Miles). On arriving in glamorous Monte Carlo, she immediately strikes up a relationship with a dashing young lord and sets out to experience her newfound freedom. Matters take an unexpected, darker turn as Mistral finds herself caught up in the plotting of her aunt and in increasing danger. The performances range from Anthony's passable purity to a ludicrously over-the-top turn from Miles. The much-vaunted all-star casting amounts to a series of brief cameos from the likes of Oliver Reed, Joanna Lumley, Lewis Collins and Gareth Hunt--presumably at the request of executive producer Lord Lew Grade. It's fun for what it is but only as long as you leave any critical sensibilities on hold. On the DVD:A Ghost in Monte Carlo is essentially a video release transferred directly to DVD. The sound is digitally remastered and there is a very poor interactive menu to guide you through the various chapters but no extras. --Phil Udell
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